Prof Duncan MitchellProfessor of Health and Disability

Specialist Areas

Learning Disability
History of Nursing

Editorships and Consultancies

Editorial Board for British Journal of Learning Disabilities
Editorial Board, Learning Disability Practice
International Advisory Board, Journal of Learning Disabilities
International Advisory Board, Nurse Education in Practice
Editorial Board, British Journal of Learning Disabilities

Research Outputs

Edited Books

Traustadottir R., Townson R., Ingham L., Ledger S., Ledger N., Mitchell D. (eds) 2006. "Exploring Experiences of Advocacy by People with Learning Disabilities: Testimonies of Resistance". Jessica Kingsley.
isbn: 978-1-843103-59-2 (1-843103-59-1)


Mitchell D. 2011. "Communication and the cognitively impaired patient" in: L. Webb (eds) Nursing: Communication Skills for Practice. Oxford University Press. pp.264-276
isbn: 978-0-199582-72-3

Chappell M., Mitchell D. 2006. "'I would never walk, talk, sit or stand!' The girl on the tricycle" in: D. Mitchell, R. Traustadottir, R. Chapman, et al (eds) Exploring Experiences of Advocacy by People with Learning Disabilities: Testimonies of Resistance. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
isbn: 978-1-843103-59-2

Welshman J., Mitchell D. 2006. "In the Shadow of the Poor Law: Workforce Issues" in: J. Welshman and J. Walmsley (eds) Community Care in Perspective: Care, Control, and Citizenship. London.
isbn: 1-403992-65-7

Neville L., Mitchell D. 2005. "Importance of accurate documentation, legal, ethical and policy issues" in: K. Ousey (eds) Pressure Area Care. Blackwell Publishing.
isbn: 1-405112-25-5

Journal Articles

Chapman, M., Hare, D., Caton, S., Donalds, D., McInnes, E. and Mitchell, D. (2013) "The Use of Mindfulness with People with Intellectual Disabilities: a Systematic Review and Narrative Analysis", Mindfulness (Currently Online First article)

Chapman M & Mitchell D. (published online, 2012) "Mindfully Valuing People Now: An evaluation of Introduction to Mindfulness workshops for people with intellectual disabilities", Mindfulness

Caton S., Chadwick D., Chapman M., Mitchell D., Stansfield J. and Turnbull S. 2012. "Healthy Lifestyles for Adults with Intellectual Disability: Knowledge, Barriers and Facilitators." Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability - accepted

Davys D, Mitchell D, & Haigh C (2011) "Adult sibling experiences, roles, relationships and future concerns - a review of the literature in learning disabilities", Journal of Clinical Nursing, 20 (19-20): 2837-53

Chapman M, Iddon P, Atkinson K, Brodie C, Mitchell D, Parvin G, Willis S (2011) "The misdiagnosis of epilepsy in people with intellectual disabilities: a systematic review", Seizure, 20, 2, 101-106

Davys, D Mitchell, D Haigh C (2010) "Futures planning, parental expectations and sibling concern for people who have a learning disability", Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 14(3) 167?183

Willgoss, T., Yohannes A.M., Mitchell D. 2010. "Review of risk factors and preventative strategies for fall-related injuries in people with intellectual disabilities" Journal of Clinical Nursing, vol.19 no.15-16, pp.2100-2109
doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2009.03174.x

Backer C, Chapman M, Mitchell D, (2009) "Access to secondary healthcare for people with intellectual disabilities: a review of the literature", Journal of Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 22, 6, 514-525

Sweeney J & Mitchell D (2009) "A Challenge to Nursing: An Historical Review of Intellectual Disability Nursing in the UK and Ireland", Journal of Clinical Nursing, 18, 2754–2763

Roberts D., Mitchell D. 2005. "Problem based learning in nurse education: an unexpected problem for students with dyslexia" Nurse Education in Practice, vol.5 no.6, pp.317-380
issn: 1471-5953 doi: 10.1016/j.nepr.2005.04.004

Mitchell D., Rafferty A.M. 2005. "'I Don't Think They Ever Really Wanted to Know Anything about Us': An Oral History Interviews with Learning Disability Nurses" Oral History, vol.33 no.1, pp.77-87
issn: 0143-0955

Mitchell D. 2004. "Keynote Review: Learning Disability Nursing" British Journal of Learning Disabilities, vol.32 no.3, pp.115-118
issn: 1468-3156 doi: 10.1111/j.1468-3156.2004.00297.x

Mitchell D. 2004. "The Jay Report - Twenty-Five Years On" Learning Disability Practice, vol.7 no.6, pp.18-21
issn: 1465-8712

Smith P., Mitchell D. 2003. "Emotional labour and the history of learning disability nursing" Journal of Learning Disabilities, vol.7 no.2, pp.109-117
issn: 1469-0047 doi: 10.1177/1469004703007002002

Mitchell D. 2003. "A Chapter in the History of Nurse Education: Learning Disability Nursing and the Jay Report" Nurse Education Today, vol.23 no.5, pp.350-356
issn: 0260-6917 doi: 10.1016/S0260-6917(03)00025-X

Doyle C., Mitchell D. 2003. "Post traumatic stress disorder and people with learning disbilities: a literature based discussion" Journal of Learning Disabilities, vol.7 no.1, pp.23-33
issn: 1469-0047

Mitchell D. 2002. "Using history in learning disability practice" Learning Disability Practice, vol.5 no.9, pp.16-20
issn: 1465-8712

Mitchell D. 2002. "A Contribution to the History of Learning Disability Nursing" Nursing Times Research, vol.7 no.3, pp.201-210
issn: 1361-4096 doi: 10.1177/136140960200700307

Mitchell D. 2001. "Nursing and social policy in the 1930's: A discussion of mental deficiency nursing" International History of Nursing Journal, vol.6 no.1, pp.56-61
issn: 1360-1105

Conference Presentations

Stansfield J., Chadwick D., Mitchell D., Caton S., Chapman M. and Turnbull S. 2012. "Self-image and interdependence: how older people with intellectual disabilities see themselves." - accepted for: IASSID Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Mitchell D., Northway R., Kaur-Mann D. 2005. "A review of learning disability nursing research" at: RCN Research Society International Nursing Research Conference. Belfast.

Mitchell D. 2004. "A Nursing Anomaly? Exploring the History of Work with People with Intellectaul Disability" at: UK Centre for the History of Nursing and Midwifery Seminar Series, University of Manchester. Manchester, UK.

Mitchell D., Hallett G., Chatterton C. 2004. "The Scope of Nursing History, a Question of Period" at: Nursing History Colloquium, University of East Anglia.

Nehring W., Mitchell D. 2004. "The history of developmental disabilities nursing: a comparative historical study of the UK and the United States" at: 15th International Nursing Research Congress, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Dublin.

Kirby S., Mitchell D., Scott E. 2003. "The contribution of historical research to policy development in nursing" at: RCN Research Society International Nursing Research Conference.

Mitchell D. 2003. "Whose stories? Participative research into the history of learning disability" at: Collaborative Group for Learning Disability Research in the North West, MMU. Manchester, UK.

Mitchell D. 2003. "Validating learning in practice from certificate to PhD" at: Emap Healthcare Open Learning Conference, Working, Learning, Thinking, Doing, Manchester.

Mitchell D. 2002. "Moving Forward: myths and assumptions in the history of learning disability nursing" at: English National Board National Learning Disability Nursing Conference.

Mitchell D. 2001. "Oppressors and oppressed: exploring the history of learning disability nursing, Exploring Issues in Nursing History, Cinderella Services" at: South Bank University. UK.

Research Reports

Northway R., Mitchell D., Kaurmann K. 2006. "Review of Learning Disability Research 1995-2003" for General Nursing Council for England and Wales Trust. General Nursing Council for England and Wales Trust. pp.93

Supervised Research Student Titles

Emotional Intelligence in Pre-Registration Nursing

Partnership in Practice

Academic achievement of hearing impaired children in Malaysia following the introduction of 'total communication' in the

Investigating the life experiences of children with SLD and their families

What criteria do Health Professionals, and others involved, apply in order to determine competence to consent to treatment of people with learning disabilities in acute care settings

Other Responsibilities

Head of Clinical Services, Manchester Learning Disability Partnership
Duncan Mitchell

Research Centre

Health, Rehabilitation and Psychology


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